Valve celebrates introduction of controller-friendly UI with a sale
Valve has launched Big Picture – a feature that allows PC users to play their Steam games on their television.
By connecting their PC to their television, Big Picture allow specific games to take advantage of the larger screen. Valve is also promoting controllers with the new mode. Games will be listed as having either full controller support, or partial controller support. The former will mean a game can be used entirely with a controller and the latter meaning that a mouse and keyboard may be used in limited instances.
To coincide with the launch of Big Picture, Valve has put a number of titles on sale for the week. All of the games have full controller support, and include such titles as Borderlands 2, Mark of the Ninja, Deadlight and Awesomenauts.
In an interview with Kotaku before Big Picture’s release, Valve head developer Greg Coomer said, “We’re confident in some things that customers want; they want a full-screen experience. They want to be in the living room. They want to use a game controller. They wanna have a social gaming experience. And we have this platform that lets us ship a significant portion of that experience.”
Also included with Big Picture is a web browser specifically designed for controllers, as well as Daisywheel – a radial menu that allows controllers to input text quickly.
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